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2004-11-15: Now That's Responsible Government

Letter to the Editor
Submitted by Kirstin Lund, PEIACSW Chairperson
November 15, 2004

I was extremely pleased to hear that the Premier has asked that the August request for the appointment of a fourth provincial court judge be withdrawn. I am even more pleased to read that the government will move forward with the main goal of that initial request: to make improvements in the area of family violence prevention.

I am hopeful that the Province will invest in this commitment to family violence prevention by applying the resources that would have been made available for a judgeship to other areas that will support a family violence court and response for PEI, such as front-line support for women and children, treatment for offenders and family law legal aid.

I have much respect for a government that is flexible and willing to change its mind to better meet the needs of the people it represents. I applaud the Premier and his Cabinet for doing their job well in listening to the community and making changes based on what they hear. Thatís my definition of responsible government.

Kirstin Lund is the Chairperson of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women

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